The Black Rock teenager accused of killing a 64-year-old dentist has told Amherst police he was fondled by the older man on two different days, before he lashed back and stabbed the dentist at least four times in the man's home two weeks ago.
Patrick Farrell, 17, also claimed that after he met Dr. Joseph D. Matteliano at a Buffalo porn shop about a month earlier, the dentist drove him to his Amherst home on four different occasions and got high on laughing gas with him each time. Farrell's claims are contained in his statement made to Amherst police Friday, the night he was charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of Matteliano inside the dentist's Kim Circle home on the morning of Feb. 2.
Detectives went to Farrell's East Street home Friday to ask him about the killing. "I told [one of the detectives] that I wanted to talk and get it off my chest," Farrell stated. "I am truly sorry for what happened, but want it known why it happened."
Law enforcement officials were reluctant to comment Tuesday on Farrell's claims. "The accuracy and veracity of that statement will be assessed by a jury," Erie County District Attorney Frank J. Clark said. He and Amherst Police Chief John J. Moslow declined to comment further.
Shortly after midnight on the morning of Feb. 2, Farrell said, he sneaked out of his grandparents' East Street home. He hung out with some friends on a neighbor's porch, before they saw Matteliano drive around the block about six times, according to the youth's statement.
Matteliano, he said, picked him up and drove him to his Amherst home, where "we started doing the balloons" of laughing gas. The youth had smoked some pot earlier in the evening, and after seven or eight balloons, he said, he blacked out.
Farrell said he woke up, some time after 2 a.m., to find the dentist fondling him. "I pushed him off of me, pulled up my pants and told him I was going to call the police," the youth stated. "I ran downstairs to the kitchen to use the phone, and he started to chase me."
The chase continued into the dining room and back into the kitchen, where,
Farrell said, he grabbed a large, serrated knife from a knife holder above the microwave. He ran back upstairs to get his sneakers, with Matteliano still chasing him, he said. The youth put his sneakers on and went into the hallway.
"He came at me with his hands outstretched like he wanted to tackle me, and I stabbed him in his back with [an] overhand motion on his right side, my left side," the youth claimed. "I then stabbed him three or more times in the chest area with an underhand lunge."
The knife blade broke, the youth said, and then he punched Matteliano in the face with the knife handle. Farrell said he then ran down the stairs, before tossing aside the knife handle, with several inches of blade on it.
The chase continued downstairs into the kitchen, Farrell said, where Matteliano grabbed the phone. "I was having a hard time opening the storm door, when Joe came over and grabbed my hand that was turning the lock, in an attempt to stop [me] from leaving," he stated. Farrell said he then unlocked the door and ran from the house.
Amherst police have said the mortally wounded Matteliano called 911 at 2:33 a.m.
After walking for a long time down Sheridan Drive, Farrell managed to get a ride from a stranger who dropped him near his home. Later that morning, his grandparents woke him up to go to school.
"I didn't watch any TV or listen to the radio, because I was afraid to find out if Joe died," he said.
On the school bus that morning, Farrell mentioned the incident to two fellow Lafayette High School students. Amherst police said they later got some information from the public about Farrell's possible involvement.
In his statement, Farrell also said that, about a month earlier, two neighborhood friends took him to the Great American News Co. on Niagara Street, which he labeled a "porn shop."
"We started hanging out over there, and I met an older white male with a reddish goatee, who said his name was Joe," he stated. "I would stop over with my friends around three times a week, and Joe was there a lot."
On four different days, Farrell said, he went to Matteliano's house, where they got high on laughing gas. The third time he went to the home, two days before the killing, Farrell said, he was fondled. He told Matteliano that he had to go, and the older man drove him to the corner near his street.
Farrell made a brief court appearance Saturday and is scheduled to appear Thursday afternoon at a felony hearing in Amherst Town Court.